Monday, June 28, 2010

Sanctified

The other night, I had a nice talk with my Heavenly Father, and told him how inadequate I feel as a wife and a mother, sometimes. I told him that I want to be better, that I want to be able to balance life better, and that I need His help to do that. The words "D&C 88" immediately popped into my head and I quickly closed my prayer and went to my scriptures, eager to read His answer to me! In reading basically the whole section of Doctrine and Covenants 88, one word really stood out to me: Sanctified. In the book entitled Mormon Doctrine, written by Bruce R. McConkie, Sanctification is defined in this way: "To be sanctified is to become clean, pure and spotless; to be free from the blood and sins of the world. ...To become a new creature of the Holy Ghost, one whose body has been renewed by the rebirth of the spirit. It's a state of saintliness, a state attained only by conformity to the laws and ordinances of the gospel. The continual cry of the gospel is "Sanctify yourselves!" ( I just LOVE that!) Sanctification is a personal reward that follows personal righteousness. The Holy Ghost is the sanctifier and it is through His power as a Spirit Being that men may be sanctified and washed clean from all sin." In D&C 88:67-68 it says "Sanctify yourselves that your minds become single to God." I love the idea of becoming "spiritually new" and of purifying ourselves and being renewed by the rebirth of the spirit. I loved this information:

"The purpose of building Zion is to sanctify the children of God through the ordinances of salvation.

We have been gathered … for the express purpose of purifying ourselves, that we may become polished stones in the temple of God. We are here for the purpose of establishing the Kingdom of God on the earth. To be prepared for this work it has been necessary to gather us out from the nations and countries of the world [to receive] the ordinances of the holy Priesthood of the Son of God, which are necessary for the perfection of the Saints preparatory to his coming (DBY, 121)."

~ From Teachings of the Presidents of the church: Brigham Young

How I long to be one of those "polished stones"! I have been reading so much about the early saints of the church and have marveled at ways that they became a pure and "saintly" people. I have a strong desire to be more righteous and pure! I am trying more diligently, to be worthy of the presence of the Holy Ghost, The Sanctifier, so that I can be more clean and holy. It is in this way, that I can more fully ask in faith for answers to my prayers! As I place scripture study and prayer in positions of priority in my life, I will be able to feel the Holy Ghost's presence in my life, more fully. It is my prayer, that I can strengthen my personal relationship with my Savior, Jesus Christ, and that I can be free from the sins of this world. For, it is my strong desire to attain the blessing that my Heavenly Father has in store for me, if I am valiant and endure to the end. In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Prophets of the Latter Days

Here is a link to see this wonderful book that I found for my family! It is SO GOOD for teaching about the latter day prophets, and goes all the way through President Hinckley! You can check it out here!

Monday, June 21, 2010

Praying for Spiritual Perspective!

We are enjoying our start to the Summer! We celebrated Snug-a-Bug's 7th birthday this week! We went swimming and had a great time! So far, the summer is going wonderfully! Our focus as a family this week, is to gain some spiritual perspective about the everyday things that we do and say! We are on a quest to get the spirit back into our home, as it's just been a little more chaotic than we like it to be, lately! So...tomorrow we are delving into some uplifting music while breakfast is prepared, some scripture stories while we fold laundry, and learning (and eventually memorizing) some good primary songs and/or hymns, to help us keep a spiritual perspective as we go through the everyday things that happen! The kids have all memorized a really cute song that names the Latter-Day Prophets, and I found an awesome book that tells about each prophet all the way up through President Hinckley! It has beautiful pictures and wonderful information! I am excited to share it with them tomorrow! The best part is, that I found this book at Desert Industries for $6.00! Go Me! :) My favorite hymns are Lead, Kindly Light and Come, Come Ye Saints and Because I Have Been Given Much! I am excited to teach these to the children as part of what's "mine" to share this week! I can't wait for them to learn and understand more about these sacred hymns and be able to choose their favorites someday! I am excited to see how these activities will uplift the atmosphere of our home! I have also been thinking about making "prayer rugs" for our bedsides, to remind us to say our prayers at night and in the morning! Night time prayers usually happen on a regular basis, but the morning prayers still need some reminding! I'll let ya' know what I come up with!

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

LOVE this quote!

"Women of God can never be like women of the world.
The world has enough women who are tough; we need women who are tender.
There are enough women who are coarse; we need women who are kind.
There are enough women who are rude; we need women who are refined.
We have enough women of fame and fortune; we need more women of faith.
We have enough greed; we need more goodness.
We have enough vanity; we need more virtue.
We have enough popularity; we need more purity."
The Joy of Womanhood- Margaret D. Nadauld (Ensign, Nov. 2000)

Mercy, Mercy, Mercy...

This is the kind of week I have been having lately! It's what I call a "Mercy Week". Ya' know...one of those weeks when your children are relentless in their pursuit to make you pull your hair out, and all you can say is "Mercy, mercy, mercy!" Yeah--it's like that! I feel a trip to Sonic coming on! Now THAT's relaxation...just me, a banana split and some good music rockin' in the background! When Pete comes home from work today, that's where I'll be! Ahhhhhh! I can almost taste that yummy goodness right now!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Gospel Learning

I am SO enjoying the things that I have been learning about the gospel, lately! Thanks to Pete finding some completely AWESOME books at Deseret Industries recently, we have established a really great gospel library! It's so fun to sit and read stories about the lives of some of our modern day prophets and also the wonderful women they were married to! I am in awe at the sacrifices of these valiant saints who came before me. They were so brave and strong and valiant! The Work and The Glory series, has me totally mesmerized! I can't believe that I haven't read them til' now! I am learning SO much about the early days of the church! I have read the first three volumes, in about 4 days. And now, I am forced to wait until I can find a copy of volumes 4 and 6, before I can continue on this awesome journey! I plan to find them this weekend! Wish me luck! :D)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Book Worm

I started reading The Work and The Glory two days ago. I haven't been able to put it down. This is my kinda' book! I'll be finished before bedtime tonight. We are missing #4 and #6 from our Work and Glory collection, so I guess I better be finding those two soon! I have a feeling that I am going to be getting through this series pretty quick. Truth be told, I can't believe I haven't read them til' now! I also recently found the last 2 volumes of The Children of the Promise series, and they happened to be hard-back, WITH the beautiful jackets nicely intact. I was SO excited to find them, and that they perfectly match the first three volumes which I already own. I still have Laddie and and Les Miserables going. (I have never been known to multi-task with the books I read, but it's fun). I caught a sneak peak of Oliver Twist about a week ago! It's definitely one that I can't wait to read, but that will be down the road sometime. We have been adding to our library so quickly, that I feel like a kid in a candy store...overwhelmed at all the wonderful possibilities! So we shall see what this summer's readings will bring for me! Stay tuned!

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A Summer Butterfly

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Yesterday the kiddo's played in our new backyard! I sat and read on the porch bench and watched them run and jump and scream (so glad we have a place for "outdoor voices, now") and swing and slide and play kickball with each other. It was wonderful! It wasn't even very hot out (I think it was around 80 degrees when we were out there) and that must be one of the reasons we were visited by a little white butterfly. At first the kids ran from it, thinking it was "a bug!" But when I told them it was just a little butterfly, they decided to follow it around the yard. It eventually flew over the wall to the neighbor's house and kept going. They were sad when it went away. It got me thinking about a story that was told to the children at church, a few years ago, called To Catch a Butterfly. LDS.org - Friend Article - To Catch a Butterfly
This story is about reverence, and it talks about how reverence is a feeling that you can't catch if you going running after it, but that comes to you when you are ready to feel it. It's amazing to me, how that little butterfly changed us all, for a few moments when it came flying into our backyard. I wish we lived in a place that wasn't quite so hot, where maybe more butterflies would want to come and visit. But for now, I will smile about the story I will read to my children today, inspired from a visit from a summer butterfly.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Effective and Elect

As part of my "random studies", as I am calling them, I have been reading a few things that I think will help me get out of the slump I've been in and push me onward. I started reading Stephen R. Covey's The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People and The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families. These are both wonderful books with really great information and explanation about things! I am enjoying the insights I am finding. The other book that has caught my interest as of late, is a book called Elect Ladies, written about past Relief Society presidents. I particularly loved reading about Eliza R. Snow. She was a talented poet and has written some beautiful words to some of the hymns we sing at church on Sundays. She was a wonderful example of being an instrument in the Lord's hands, and she was a stalwart leader! I also enjoyed reading about Belle Spafford, and all the wise things her mother taught her about choosing wisely, being careful with the way she spent money and about how she should speak about herself, etc. This book has so many great pieces of advice and shows us how our trials and struggles can contribute to our making a monument of our life, to the Lord. It's very good! (I will have to check on the name of the author and let you know who it is.) I am eager to be more effective in my efforts to teach my children and nurture our family and I am excited to be learning to be an elect lady, from some of the best examples who ever lived! (Side note A: Ladybug sat on the potty today, for the very first time! Yipee! Here's prayin' she gets it! Side note B: Today will be the first day that the kids get to play in the new backyard Pete put in! Another "Yipee!" for our family! :D)